I can’t do it. It’s too long

There comes a time when we have to admit we just can’t handle it. I increasingly face this problem lately as I try to live up to expectations and my reputation. But sadly, my briefs can only be crammed so full. This is the reason it is necessary to abridge my articles which actually start [...]

Clean Slate

The smearing of Carl DeMaio

In my over half a century of being involved with politics and public service I have never seen such a constant, ugly, disgusting and destructive smear campaign as has been waged against Carl DeMaio. As many of you know, I have always had an up and down relationship with Carl, from introducing him to Latino [...]

A brief history of barbecue

Let’s talk about your meat. Do you like it “hot and fast”, or “low and slow”? To be clear, I’m talking about the difference between grilling and barbecue. Grilling is generally done quickly over direct heat from low-smoke fuels, while barbecue is usually conducted slowly over indirect heat from high-smoke fuels. After all, what is [...]

‘Dance With Who Brung You’


The Republican Party platform states, “We believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman must be upheld as the national standard, a goal to stand for, encourage and promote through laws governing marriage.” Make-up for Miss Piggy, stat! Bring the lipstick, Republican red! In spite of the Republican Party position, during the [...]

Broadway smash ‘Jersey Boys’ comes to the San Diego Civic Theatre

At this point just about everyone knows about the Tony Award winning Broadway smash Jersey Boys. If you don’t, that’s OK because you will probably know the singing group it’s based on, Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of [...]

Special interview: Marina Rice Bader

Marina Rice Bader--

Lesbian film director Marina Rice Bader is best known for her work on films like A Perfect Ending and Elena Undone. She is also the first out filmmaker to offer her latest film, Anatomy of a Love Seen, to the LGBT community through direct distribution. Direct distribution is when filmmakers bypass the traditional Hollywood distribution [...]

Stopping the cycle of bullying at any age

October is anti-bullying month and like “Black History Month” or “Mother’s Day,” it’s something that should be observed all 12 months and 365 days a year. But given the sound-bite attention span of the public, having a reason to issue press releases and hold special events is better than forgetting entirely that there are still [...]

An extraordinary piece of filmmaking


Whiplash It’s hard to imagine a teacher worse than Terrence Fletcher, the jazz band leader at fictional Shaffer Conservatory of Music in New York who J.K. Simmons plays with terrifying, unpredictable, sadistic joy. Fletcher, something like a cross between a Sgt. Hartman in Full Metal Jacket and Delores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order [...]

Update: The path to control of the Senate

The GOP started the 2014 cycle with high hopes and a clear path to the Senate majority. Despite Democratic gains in 2012, Republicans needed only 6 of the 7 Democratic controlled seats in states won by Mitt Romney: Alaska, Arkansas, Montana, South Dakota, West Virginia, Louisiana and North Carolina. Naturally, things have not remained so [...]

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